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In Memory . . . Timothy Ward Jensen (1956-2009)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Reverend Dr. Timothy Ward Jensen.  He died on Sunday, August 9, 2009 of lung cancer in the presence of family and friends at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA.  He was 52. Rev. Jensen was born on October 22, 1956, in Seattle, Washington, to Gerald and Betty Jo Jensen.  After graduating from Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington, he attended the University of Washington earning a BA in English in 1978, the first of his five college degrees.  He moved east, attending Harvard Divinity School where he earned an M Div degree in 1981.  While at Harvard, he interned at First and Second Church in Boston under the supervision of Rhys Williams, a relationship that continued to inform his ministry for years to come.   He was ordained there in 1981.

Returning home, Rev. Jensen enrolled in a Masters program in English and Creative Writing at Western Washington University in Bellingham.  He also served as intern assistant minister at University Unitarian Church in Seattle.  In 1985 he was called to the UU Church of Midland, Texas where he served for 3 years.  In 1988, he was appointed New Congregation Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Washington County in Hillsboro, Oregon, and served there until 1990.

Rev. Jensen then held a series of part-time ministries, worked as a bookseller, and held graduate teaching fellowships while earning his last two degrees, an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Oregon State University and a PhD in American History from the University of Oregon.  He also spent a semester as a visiting scholar at Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark.

Returning to full-time ministry, Rev. Jensen was the interim minister to the Second Congregational Meeting House on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts.  He was then called to the First Religious Society of Carlisle, Massachusetts where he served for 4 years.  Shortly after being called to the First Parish Portland Maine Unitarian Universalist, he was diagnosed with lung cancer.  With support from the congregation and his colleagues, Rev. Jensen continued to serve until his health forced him to retire.

Rev. Jensen loved to read and write.  His library numbered over seven thousand volumes and since 2006 he shared his wisdom and his wit through his blog, The Eclectic Cleric. He also enjoyed sailing, playing basketball, and playing with his loyal Boston terrier, Parker.

Rev. Jensen is survived by his father, Jerry Jensen, and Jerry’s wife Debra; his two brothers, Kurt and Erik; his former wife Margaret Weddell; and his two children, Stephenie and Jacob. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jo.  Rev. Jensen wished any remembrances to be made to the American Cancer Society or the SPCA. Messages of condolence may be sent to Jerry Jensen, 5043 Primrose Drive, Fair Oaks, CA 95628.

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In Memory . . . Stephen Davies Howard
 (1930-2009)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Reverend Stephen D. Howard.  He died on Monday, July 15, 2009, of cancer at Fisher House Hospice in Amherst, MA.  He was 78. Rev. Howard was born on November 26, 1930 in Greenfield, MA to Lee and Rachel Howard.  He graduated with a BA in History from American International College in Springfield, MA in 1953 and from Harvard Divinity School in 1959.

He was ordained in 1957 while serving as assistant minister to the First Congregational Church, Binghamton, NY.  While seeking fellowship as a Unitarian minister, Rev. Howard served the First Religious Society of Carlisle, MA in the early 1960’s, In 1964, he was called to All Souls Church in Greenfield, MA where he served for 18 years. 

From 1982 until 2003, Rev. Howard served numerous congregations as Interim Minister including those in Worcester, Lincoln, Salem, Littleton, Leominster, Fitchburg, Northborough, Amherst, and Palmer, MA.  He also served in Akron, OH; Woonsocket, RI; Harrisburg, PA; Oneonta, NY; and Keene, NH.  He preached his final sermon at St. Paul’s Church in Palmer, MA on Father’s Day of this year.

Rev. Howard was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association, with terms as President and Vice President of the Connecticut Valley Chapter in the 1960’s.  He served as an incorporator and trustee of Rowe Camp; trustee of Big Brother-Big Sister Association; and Advisor for Parents Without Partners.

An avid reader, writer, and outdoor enthusiast, he enjoyed the local libraries, bookstores, and beauty of western Massachusetts. Over the years, he loved hiking with his dogs at Highland Pond, Notch Mountain, and the Warwick Swamp. He most loved the writings of Thoreau, Robert Frost, and Emily Dickinson. An ardent football fan, he followed Greenfield High School, local college, and Patriot's games. More than anything, he loved time with his five grandchildren.

Rev. Howard is survived by his wife, Ann Jolly Howard; his three children, Catherine Howard Nicholas of San Diego, Dr. Elisabeth Davies Howard of Providence, R.I., Matthew Anson Howard and daughter-in-law, Tammy, of Southampton, MA; and grandchildren Casey, Annelise, Emily, Nicole and Jackson.  He is also survived by his brother, Carl, and sister-in-law, Beverly, of Albany, N.Y., his nephew, Craig, and niece, Wendy.

Please send messages of condolence to his wife, Ann Howard, 68 McClellan St, Amherst, MA 01002-2039.

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In Memory . . . Kenneth C. Hawkes
 (1913-2009)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Reverend Kenneth C. Hawkes died on July 26, 2009, while in the loving and gentle care of staff from Allegiance Hospice. He was 96. Rev. Hawkes was born to Maurice W. and Inez Clark Hawkes on June 3, 1913 in Portland, ME. He attended Gorham Teachers College and graduated from Colby College in 1942. While serving as acting pastor of the Pride’s Corner Union Church of Westbrook, ME, and the Universalist Church of Scarborough and South Buxton, ME, he trained for the Universalist ministry under the Rev. Dr. Harry E. Townsend using a program of studies outlined for him by John Murray Atwood, Dean of the Canton Theological School of St. Lawrence University. Rev. Hawkes was ordained by the Universalist Convention in Livermore, ME, in 1938 and served the First Universalist Larger Parish of Canton and Livermore and the First Universalist Church in Waterville, both in Maine.

In 1942, Rev. Hawkes was elected Superintendent of the Universalist Churches in Maine and served in that capacity for 8 years in the 1940’s and for two additional years in the 1960’s. His parish ministry took him to Massachusetts where he served at the First Universalist Church in North Attleboro, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Lawrence, and the First Church in Leominster, Unitarian Universalist. Rev. Hawkes also served as a District Executive in the Northeast District of the UUA from 1962 until 1967.

Rev. Hawkes participated in many denominational activities, serving as vice president of the Maine Young Peoples Christian Union, trustee of the Universalist Publishing House, executive board member of Ferry Beach Park Association, and vice president of the Massachusetts Universalist Convention, among other roles.

Rev. Hawkes took satisfaction in recalling that in 1965, he was one of a few persons from Maine who supported the civil rights movement of the late Rev. Martin Luther King by marching with him in Selma, Alabama.

After retirement from the Leominster church, Rev. Hawkes served as treasurer and trustee of the endowment funds of the Northeast District and as Elder of the Maine Society of Mayflower descendents. He was also honorary director of the Adam Hawkes family association in Saugus, MA.

June A. Wheeler, Rev. Hawkes first wife, died in 1987 after 53 years of marriage. In 1989, he married Janet Hall Beiling Hawkes, who survives him. He is also survived by his son, Dr. Roland K. Hawkes of Gorham, ME; his daughters, Carolyn Gaines of Tucson, AZ, and Margaret St. Pierre of Falmouth, ME; a sister, Claris J. Russell of Portland, ME; two step-daughters, Leslie Erikson of Leominster, MA, and Audry Shea of Ware, MA; and 33 grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Please send messages of condolence to Janet Hawkes, 229 Flaggy Meadow Rd Apt 3, Gorham, ME 04038.

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In Memory . . . Jean Lois Witman Gilpatrick
 (1925-2009)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Reverend Jean Witman Gilpatrick died on June 4, 2009 in Bethesda, Maryland.  She was 84. Rev. Gilpatrick was born on April 4, 1925, in East Orange, New Jersey, to Margaret Jeanetta Nietman and William Uhler Witman.  She graduated with a BA in Sociology from Connecticut College for Women in 1947.  After college she received a Danforth Graduate Fellowship for one year of interdenominational religious work at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  In 1949, she traveled with her husband, Thomas Gilpatrick, to Denmark where they participated in a Danish program called Folkhighschool.

During the 1950’s and 60’s, while raising her children, Rev. Gilpatrick earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago.  She also held a variety of positions.  She was Assistant Minister for the Wesley Foundation in Chicago; directed the Interns in Industry program for the American Friends Service Committee in East Chicago, Indiana; and taught bible classes through the Universal Christian Association at Penn State University, among others.  In 1966, she traveled with her family to Hyderabad, India, where she conducted independent study in the philosophies and religions of India.  Upon her return, she was Assistant Professor at both the Virginia Seminary of Lynchburg, Virginia, and Central Virginia Community College teaching courses in Philosophy and Religion.

Early in the 1960’s Rev. Gilpatrick, with her husband and his colleague from Sweet Briar College, drafted a letter to the editor signed by about 70 faculty and staff members from three white Lynchburg area colleges supporting the rights of blacks to picket stores, lunch counters, and movie theaters.  Many black leaders later said this was the first evidence they had seen locally of group support for civil rights.  She continued her college teaching during the 1970’s; worked as an art therapist; and offered workshops in Death, Grief, & Loss, and Feminist Theology.  In 1977 she earned a Doctor of Ministry from Meadville Lombard Theological School. 

In 1981, Rev. Gilpatrick was ordained at the First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg, VA.  She was called to the First Unitarian Church of Alton, Illinois and served there from 1983 until 1985.  In 1987 she served as Interim minister to the UU Society of Northern Fairfield County in West Redding, Connecticut.  When she wasn’t serving these congregations, Rev. Gilpatrick was a visiting and consulting minister to various congregations.  She preached, taught adult education classes, chaired district committees, was an active member of the National Organization for Women and the UU Women’s Federation and served on the executive committee of Citizens to Save Civil and Religious Freedom.

Rev. Gilpatrick is survived by her daughters, Diana Gilpatrick of Potomac, MD, and Morgan Gilpatrick of Bowie MD; her grandchildren, Charlotte Andrea Albrecht, Thomas Brian Gilpatrick Dagget, and Samuel William Gilpatrick Dagget; her brother, William P. Witman of Locust, NJ; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson Choral Society, P. O. Box 4623, Lynchburg, VA 24502, the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or the Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers’ and Partners’ Association, c/o Nancy Doughty, 12055 S Woodwinds Circle # 13, Traverse City, MI 49684.

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In Memory . . . Forrest Church (1948-2009)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Reverend Forrest Church, acclaimed author of more than two dozen books and longtime minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, died on September 24, 2009, following a three-year battle with esophageal cancer. He was sixty-one years old. Church is survived by his children, Frank, Nina, Jacob and Nathan, and by his wife, Carolyn Buck Luce.

"I join thousands of Unitarian Universalists and Americans in mourning the loss of Forrest Church,” said Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Peter Morales today. "We have lost a brilliant and articulate thinker, a champion of democratic values, and a compelling advocate for liberal religion. More importantly, we have lost a kind, thoughtful, and loving spirit. What courage and grace he showed in his final years. Even as we feel our loss, let us be grateful for his enduring legacy.”

The son of former U.S. Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho) and grandson of former Idaho Governor Chase A. Clark, Forrest Church earned his Ph.D. in early church history from Harvard University in 1978, and began his career at All Souls that same year. Selected from approximately twenty-five applicants for the position, Church was twenty-nine years old. He served All Souls from then until his death.

During Church’s tenure at the congregation, All Souls flourished. Over the past three decades, membership at All Souls has more than tripled. With over 1,400 members, All Souls is one of the largest congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association today.

As All Souls grew, so too did Church’s prominence as a public voice for Unitarian Universalism and for social justice. He was a strong proponent of both religious and political liberalism. In 1985, he led All Souls Church in learning about AIDS and providing direct services to AIDS sufferers. New York reporter Bernice Kanner wrote that year, "The mobilization of All Souls was among the first religious responses to the disease.”

In 1986, Church told the Boston Globe, "…generally, politicians try to change society for the betterment of the individual. I like to change the individual for the betterment of society.” Through his work as a minister and a public intellectual, Church profoundly influenced both individuals and society.

Church reached a wide audience through the approximately two dozen books that he authored or edited in the course of his career. He published his first book, Father and Son: A Personal Biography of Senator Frank Church of Idaho, in 1985. His other prominent works include Our Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism (1989, co-authored with John Buehrens), The American Creed (2002), So Help Me God: The Founding Fathers and the First Great Battle over Church and State (2007), and Love and Death (2008). Church’s final book, The Cathedral of the World: A Universalist Theology, will be published by Beacon Press in November.

At the UUA’s 2008 General Assembly, Church received the Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Unitarian Universalism, the most prestigious award given by the UUA. "Let us never forget what a privilege it is to be part of this great movement and to pronounce its saving faith: one Light (Unitarianism) shining through many windows (Universalism),” Church remarked upon receiving the award. "Let us continue our quest together, with awe and humility, with saving openness and saving doubt, never forgetting to honor those who charted our way.”

New York Times reporter Cara Buckley talked with congregants at All Souls in the fall of 2008. "They spoke of Mr. Church’s gift with words, his ability to connect with others and his seemingly endless capacity for empathy and compassion,” she observes. "Unitarian Universalism is a theologically liberal religion, and to many, Mr. Church embodied the very best of the religion.” His friend, NBC newsman and former Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw said, "Forrest Church made all of our lives so much richer with his friendship, his faith and his optimism. He was a leading citizen in the world of all of God's children.”

Church spent his final years reflecting on the importance of living each day with love and gratitude. He writes in Love and Death, "The goal is to live in such a way that our lives will prove worth dying for…The one thing that can’t be taken from us, even by death, is the love we give away before we go.”

All Souls has posted a web page in tribute to Forrest Church; all are invited to view photos, post remembrances, and more. Those who wish to make a donation in Dr. Church's memory may do so by contributing to the Forrest Church Fund for the Advancement of Liberal Religion.  Galen Guengerich preached a sermon on Sunday, Sept. 27, in honor of Dr. Church:  Amen.  I love You. (pdf) The sermon is also available on YouTube:  Part 1 and Part 2.  

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In Memory . . . James Madison Barr III
 (1919-2009)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Reverend Dr. James Madison Barr died on June 10, 2009 at his home in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was 90. Rev. Barr was born on March 17, 1919 in Belhaven, North Carolina to James Madison Barr, Jr and Alice Way Barr. His family relocated to Virginia, where he attended Fork Union Military Academy, graduating in 1935. He continued his education at the University of Virginia, studying accounting and business before graduating with a law degree in 1947.

Following graduation, Rev. Barr taught at the School of Economics and Commerce at the University of Virginia. He also worked as an attorney, an accountant, and an auditor, was elected to the Charlottesville, Virginia city council and served as president of the Charlottesville Junior Chamber of Commerce. While in Charlotte, Rev. Barr became an active member of the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church and in 1952, he entered Starr King School for the Ministry.

In 1954, Rev. Barr was ordained and installed at the Church of the Unity in Winchendon, MA, where he served for 2 years. In 1956, he was called to the First Unitarian Church of Albany, NY.

In 1962, he returned to the South of his childhood, serving the First Unitarian Church of Memphis from 1962 to 1982. Under his leadership, the congregation built an award-winning church designed by church member, Roy Harrover. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, its wall of windows allows full view of the Mississippi. Upon his retirement from the Memphis "Church of the River," Rev. Barr was named minister emeritus by his congregants.

Rev. Barr was active in denominational affairs, serving in the Southwest District as Settlement Representative, Good Offices Representative, member of the Southwest District Board of Directors, and as Chair of the Summer Institute. His community activities while in Memphis included membership on the boards of Tenn-Ark-Miss Council of the Girl Scouts, Urban League, and the Heart Association. He was also a member of the Memphis Community Relations Commission.

His friend and colleague, Rev. Burton Carley, current minister in Memphis, said "any minister stands on the shoulders of the minister who precedes him. Jim's shoulders were very broad. He had a deep mind and wonderful spirit. It was a privilege to succeed him."

Rev. Barr is survived by his daughters, Betty Barr McClure and husband, Clifton McClure, of Charlottesville, VA; Mary Alice Barr Colo and husband, Michael S. Colo, of Rocky Mount, NC; and Sally Barr Alexander and husband, Arlie A. Alexander, of Monticello, IL. He leaves his grandchildren, Sarah McClure Gfroerer and husband, Wesley Gfroerer, of Charlottesville, VA; Catherine E. Colo of Atlanta, GA; Christian A. Colo and wife, Amber, of Morristown, NJ; Craig M. Alexander and wife, Leslie, of Monticello, IL; and Lindsay Barr Alexander of Monticello, IL. He also leaves six great grandchildren and his beloved cat "Jesse".

Please send messages of condolence to Betty Barr McClure, 309 Dover Rd Charlottesville, VA 22901.

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In Memory . . . James Marshall Bank (1943-2009)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Reverend James Marshall Bank died on July 23, 2009, after three years of living with cancer.  He was 65. Rev. Bank was born on November 10, 1943 to Rev. Milton Harold Bank, a Methodist minister, and Fern Richey Bank in Hancock, MI.  He graduated from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, in 1965.  He earned three graduate divinity degrees from Boston University, an STB in 1968, an AM in Church History in 1969, and a second AM in New Testament Studies in 1976.

In 1971 he was named Lucinda Bidwell Beebe Fellow by the Boston University School of Theology and was invited to study at Cambridge University with Rev. Charles Moule, G. W. H. Lampe, and Ernst Bammel.  During the last four years of his academic work, he served as a lecturer and assistant professor in New Testament and Patristics in Boston University’s College of Liberal Arts.

Rev. Bank was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry at King’s Chapel in Boston in 1976 and later that year was commissioned as chaplain in the United States Navy.  He served three years on Okinawa where he administered an alcohol and drug abuse prevention program and provided marriage and family counseling in addition to his other pastoral responsibilities.  He then served aboard the aircraft carrier, Constellation (CV64), which was deployed to the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf during the height of the Iranian hostage crisis.   

He entered parish ministry serving the UU Church of Melrose, MA; the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, MD; the UU Church in Silver Spring, MD; and the UU Fellowship at Easton, MD.  As interim minister, he served the UU Society of Hartland Four Corners, VT; the UU Fellowship of Winston-Salem, NC; the First Unitarian Society of Exeter, NH; and the UU Congregation of Erie, PA.  

Rev. Bank was active in issues of social justice, especially issues of gay rights and AIDS ministry. He was a strong advocate for inter-denominational cooperation on a local level wherever he served.  During his years of ministry, Rev. Bank served in the Unitarian Universalist denomination’s Minister on Loan Program to First Unitarian Church of Salem, OR, and as a member of the Religious Education Futures Committee.  He served on the AIDS Community Review Panel of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for six years, chairing the Committee in his sixth year.  He was a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Institutional Review Board for ten years where he oversaw all protocols involving human subjects; he counted this as one of the most meaningful and significant contributions of his lifetime. 

His family remembers him as a true renaissance man who loved history, books, films, music, gadgets, animals, story-telling, and being a good Dad.  He is survived by his wife, Cathy Miller, and his three daughters, Julia, Sarah, and Sasha Bank.

Messages of condolence may be sent to Cathy Miller, 29170 Woodridge Dr., Easton, MD 21601-4616.

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In Memory . . . Wilfrid “Fred” Ward
 (1935-2009)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Reverend Wilfrid (Fred) Walter Ward.  He died on his 74th birthday on January 5, 2009 with his sons Wilfrid and David beside him.  Rev. Ward was born in Rochester, New York to Wilfrid and Jean Sarah Ward.  He attended Cornell University, initially studying engineering, and graduated in 1958 with a degree in Psychology after determining he wanted to be a minister.  He attended St. Lawrence University Theological School, earning a Master of Divinity in 1961, while serving as president of his class. 

He was ordained and installed at the First Parish in Lincoln, MA, as Associate Minister on December 10, 1961; he served there for two years.  He also served the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, Maryland, from 1963 to 1968 and the Unitarian Church of Princeton, New Jersey, from 1968 to 1972.  In both the Baltimore and Princeton churches, Rev. Ward served as Minister of Religious Education.  While serving the Princeton Church, Rev. Ward was responsible for a huge growth in the size and quality of the religious education program.  He also initiated the beloved tradition of the Hanging of the Greens service there.

Rev. Ward left the Princeton church to study as a family therapist.  He pursued a PhD at New York University in the Family Life Education, Marriage, and Human Sexuality graduate program.  He was the Education Director at Princeton University of the Sexuality Education, Counseling and Health Program of the University Health Services from 1973 – 1975.  In 1975 he became Associate in Training of the Marriage Council of Philadelphia in the Psychiatry Department of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine.  Throughout these years, Rev. Ward maintained his fellowship with the UUA and provided consultative services to many individuals and congregations.

On March 15, 1978 he was called by the New Jersey Area Council of Unitarian Universalist Societies to be Minister of Counseling and Education and to direct the Unitarian Universalist Counseling and Education Service.  He served in that position until 1999 when he became ill from a stroke.

As a lifelong Universalist, Rev. Ward was a staunch supporter and promoter of Murray Grove, conducting many of his educational groups there. 

Rev. Ward is survived by his sons, Wilfrid W. Ward, Jr. of Acworth, Georgia and David Ward of New Paltz, New York.  At Rev. Ward’s request, there was no memorial service.  Please send messages of condolence to Wilfrid W. Ward, Jr., 1 Colonial Club Drive SE, Acworth, GA 30102.

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In Memory . . . John E. Trowbridge 
(1925-2008)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Reverend John E. Trowbridge died of congestive heart failure on August 30, 2008 in El Paso, Texas. He was 83. Rev. Trowbridge was born on June 5, 1925 to G. C. and Jessie G. Trowbridge in Deming, New Mexico.

He graduated as valedictorian from Deming High in 1943 and served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946, stationed in Washington, D.C. during World War II and in Japan during the occupation. 

Rev. Trowbridge received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from the University of New Mexico in 1950 and a Bachelor of Divinity from Meadville Theological School in 1954.  Following graduation, Rev. Trowbridge was called to the Independent Congregational Society (Unitarian) of Bangor, Maine.  He was ordained and installed there in 1954, and served until 1958, leaving to further his education and to teach.  Rev. Trowbridge attended the Universities of California and Colorado to study philosophy and psychology, but decided to return to active ministry.  In 1964, he became Assistant Curator of Public Communications at the Minnesota Historical Society, working there while searching for a congregation to serve.

Called to the North Branch Association of Universalist Churches in 1964, Rev. Trowbridge served the association’s churches in Sheshequin, Standing Stone, and Towanda, Pennsylvania.  When the association could no longer support a full-time minister, Rev. Trowbridge continued as part-time minister, while seeking full-time employment which he found with the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare as a caseworker.  Rev. Trowbridge continued his part-time ministry for these churches until his retirement in 1986.  In 2003, the UU Church of Athens and Sheshequin conferred Minister Emeritus on Rev. Trowbridge for his years of service to them.

Rev. Trowbridge published articles in The Unitarian World, an English Unitarian journal called Faith and Freedom, and in The Christian Century.  Throughout his adult life, beginning with art classes in Bangor, Maine, Rev. Trowbridge found time to paint, primarily in water color, focusing on landscapes from the various locations where he lived.  Once retired, he served on the board of directors of the Deming, New Mexico, Arts Council.  As a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, Rev. Trowbridge led a UU discussion group for many years and volunteered for the Luna County Chapter of the New Mexico Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board.

Rev. Trowbridge is survived by his daughter, Alina Ruth Thomas Trowbridge of San Francisco; his son, Brandon Edward (Ned) Trowbridge; his daughter-in-law, Diane Trowbridge; and his step-grandchildren, Spencer and Chandler Steinbacher, of Williamsport, PA.

Please send messages of condolence to Alina Trowbridge, 801 Fillmore Street, Apt. 17, San Francisco, CA  94117 and Ned Trowbridge, 1308 Hepburn St., Williamsport, PA  17701.

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In Memory . . . Judith Lorraine Quarles (1942-2009)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Reverend Judith Lorraine Quarles died following a prolonged illness on April 9, 2009 at home surrounded by family and comforted by the love of her many friends.  Her courage throughout her yearlong battle with brain cancer was an inspiration to all who knew her.  She was 67 years old.

Rev. Quarles was born on March 26, 1942 in Buffalo, NY, the second of three girls, to George A. Potter and Marjorie Dohn Potter.  Raised in Kenmore, New York, Rev. Quarles’ lifelong love of nature was forged throughout her childhood during summers spent in the mountains of Allegany State Park, hiking with her father, exploring the bear caves, swimming and diving in Fancher Pool, and learning family songs and games around the campfire.

After receiving a BA degree in Literature from Harpur College (now SUNY Binghamton) in 1964, Rev. Quarles entered the work force as an employment counselor, then a programmer analyst.  In 1970, she married Edgar Quarles and soon after began raising their daughters, Karen and Emily.  In the 1980’s while serving as Church School Director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, Rev. Quarles began attending Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, receiving her Master’s of Divinity in 1986.  She was ordained at the Buffalo church in 1987.  During this period, Edgar became ill with cancer and died in 1985.  Edgar’s death further motivated her in pursuit of the ministry.

After ordination, Rev. Quarles served the Unitarian Congregation of South Peel in Mississauga, Ontario, from 1988 until 1990.  From 1990 until 1992, Rev. Quarles worked to establish a new congregation in Lockport, New York.  She also served as summer minister for First Unitarian in Toronto, Ontario for several years.  In 1995, Rev. Quarles was called to be the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, a congregation she served with wisdom, compassion, and dignity until her retirement in 2008.  Upon her retirement, the Oneonta congregation named her minister emerita.

Rev. Quarles was a passionate advocate for social action in the local community and beyond.  She was instrumental in launching the initiative that led to the Oneonta Free Clinic, and was immensely proud of the role the church had in making it happen.  She volunteered for Oneonta’s Mediation Services and the Assessment Appeals Board and was active in Oneonta’s interfaith community.  Perhaps the accomplishment of which she was most proud in the realm of social action was growing the church’s relationship with a school in Mali, an initiative that has provided the school with much needed financial support and led, in January 2008, to a memorable trip to Mali by Rev. Quarles and six other church members.

Rev. Quarles is survived by her loving companion, Tom O’Brien of Oneonta, New York; her daughter, Karen Quarles of New York City; her daughter, Emily Quarles Mowrer and husband, Clayton Mowrer, of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania; and her sister, Linda Potter Acredolo of Woodland, California.  Her sister, Nancy Potter Wheatley, died previously.

A service to celebrate Rev. Quarles’ life was held on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Oneonta, New York.  Please send messages of condolence to Rev. Quarles’ family by visiting the website, www.grummonsfuneralhome.com or to Mr. Tom O’Brien, 37 Fair St., Oneonta, NY 13820.

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